Archive for February, 2009

Quickly: Prolificacy and Publicity
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Quickly: Prolificacy and Publicity

In the New York Times (“Can’t. Stop. Writing.“), Geoff Nicholson shares his thoughts on prolificicity . . . proliferation . . . er, being prolific. I’m not sure I follow the logic, but the notion that the more you write the less likely you are to be read is undoubtedly cause for writerly despair. (Psst! Geoff! You […]

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Advertising Copywriters Take Note
By February 26, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Advertising Copywriters Take Note

Usually I don’t pick on self-published authors–they already have enough of an uphill battle without me piling it on. But, of the many many many press releases I receive on a daily basis, this one just made me . . . well, I’ll say “smile.” Under the subject heading “AUTHOR RETIREMENT CLEARANCE SALE!!!” I received this […]

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Not That They're Exactly the Same
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Not That They're Exactly the Same

“It always cracks me up when publishers do this,” e-mails Kaite Stover. Me, too. And with budgets shrinking, I’m guessing we’ll see more stock-photo races.

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REaD ALERT!
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

REaD ALERT!

It’s been a busy week here at Booklist Online. First, the fantastic March 1 issue of Booklist, Spotlight on Graphic Novels, went live. Then, we had a wildly successful webinar. (I’m biased, of course, but I’m told others felt it went well, too.) And now . . . REaD ALERT! Coming next week: the third […]

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Recorded Books Blog
By February 26, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

Recorded Books Blog

Here’s another great audiobook blog to explore – this time from Recorded Books: http://recordedbooks.wordpress.com/ Especially useful for educators & school librarians, the RB blog has frequent posts that have free downloads, classroom resources, research on audioboooks, author interviews, and lots more. They even had a batch of audiobook valentines for printing. Recorded Books is also […]

Posted in: audiobooks
O'Neill wins PEN/Faulkner Award
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

O'Neill wins PEN/Faulkner Award

Joseph O’Neill’s post-9/11 novel Netherland won the PEN/Faulkner Award and $15,000. The other four finalist (Ms. Hemple Chronicles, A Person of Interest, Lush Life, and Serena) will receive $5,000 each. Check out the New York Times article here.

Posted in: book awards
THE AGATHA AWARDS
By February 25, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

THE AGATHA AWARDS

So it is spring and the award nominations are blossoming like the trees.  The latest to be announced are the Agatha Awards honoring the traditional mystery.  So, what the heck is a traditional mystery?  According to the Agatha Awards Web site (http://www.malicedomestic.org/agathaawards.html), traditional mysteries are  “books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well […]

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First-Ever Warwick Prize Winner
By February 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

First-Ever Warwick Prize Winner

The inaugural winner of the Warwick (pronounced “Warrick”, in the Shakespearean Tradition) prize was announced last night. Naomi Klein accepted the biennial prize for The Shock Doctrine and praised the college for their non-corporate funding. She was no doubt pleased they could afford the $72,000 cash prize. Warwick Prize hopefuls submit work based on a […]

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Happy Birthday, Hungry Caterpillar

Happy Birthday, Hungry Caterpillar

It may seem a little ironic given that my son has a feeding tube, but one of our favorite bedtime books is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Something about all that gluttony is just plain entertaining, whether you are a big eater or not so much. Penguin is celebrating the 40th anniversary of this […]

Introducing . . .
By February 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Introducing . . .

 . . . a woman who needs no introduction: Laura Tillotson, Booklist‘s Books for Youth Editorial Director and the editor of Book Links. Remember when I said that more and more Booklisters would be blogging here? Well, it’s happening, it really is. Look for Laura’s first post soon!